The Government of Victoria is now allowing people to register for a free Myki public transport card over the web and save themselves the cost of buying this smart-card for $10. Not a fan of the entire Myki concept, I still went ahead and registered myself simply for the fact they keep on saying that within six months there will be no other option.
At this point you'll have to excuse me for being so naive. Upon the conclusion of the web based registration, I received a confirmation email from Myki starting with "Thank you for making the switch to myki - Victoria's new public transport ticketing system." Excuse me? What switch are you talking about? All I did was register! I am still a proud owner of a yearly Metcard ticket which I intend to use until it expires (and then continue using as a bookmark).
I thought I wouldn't let those charlatans in government count me on their lists of Myki converted, so I went ahead and wrote them this nice letter:
Yesterday I registered over the web to get a free Myki. At the end of the registration I received an email thanking me for making the switch to Myki. I want to make it clear that I am not making a switch to Myki, nor do I want to make such a switch. I would use my Metcard for as long as I possibly can; I think the Myki concept is incredibly flawed and I would only consider using it as a last resort. I only registered for a Myki card in order to get one for free, not because I want to switch over to Myki in any way. I protest against you making the Myki switch assumption on my behalf. I think that taking the act of registration and inflating it to a switch is a gross exaggeration of the action I have performed on your website. I consider it is very pretentious of you and I see it as yet another symptom for how flawed Myki is and how desperate the Myki spin machine is.
I do not expect a reply.